Comedy & Cabaret

Tonight is the official launch of The Painted Grin at it’s new home, The Green in Clerkenwell. I’ve been away touring in Spain for the last 6 months. I left straight after The Painted Grin had a sell – out run (it was a free show so we didn’t really sell out just LOADS of people came to it and did loads of laughing at it) at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. I am taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe this year as well but before we do, i’m putting on a few nights in London.

The GreenOur new residence is upstairs at The Green in Clerkenwell which is a gorgeous rustic pub on the corner of Clerkenwell Green which sells real ales, scrumpy and serves a classic British menu, also it’s all very reasonably priced – this was one of the key factors in choosing the new venue for the night. We did a one off night there last year with Mock The Week’s Carl Donnelly and it went so well that Charles, the landlord – has asked us to come back.

The Painted Grin show: It is no longer just a night of stand – up comedy. If you haven’t already noticed, you can’t swing a cat around London without hitting a stand – up night which means it’s becoming harder to fill rooms with audience because it’s over saturated and invariably of poor quality which means less and less people are wanting to come to free stand up for fear of being made to sit endure shit comedy. I perform on various live circuits in London, in particular the stand up circuit and the cabaret circuit. I am reflecting my experience and taste in the new and improved Painted Grin.

Laurence Owen

Mr Laurence Owen

The Format: I’ve been to many nights that book both cabaret and stand up, but it’s hard to put Trixyface Le Fou Fou and Dave the builder on the same bill. This is a comedy and cabaret show with a difference. The host will be behind a desk like in an american chat show, there will be audience interaction, social media interactions and games, more gags than you can shake a stick at. AND  there will be a ‘house band’ in the form of Musical Comedy Award finalist, composer and cabaret performer and cabaret grump Mr Laurence Owen . 

The Acts: The prerequisite for the acts I book at The Painted Grin is they have to be funny (or at least intended to be funny, comedy is a subjective experience afterall)


1) CABARET: No sexy without funny. I personally hate pretending to be sexy for people and more importantly I don’t like watching it. It’s not like the acts won’t be sexy, I mean confidence is a very sexy thing.

2) STAND UP I want to book stand up that is a little more than an act getting up on stage and telling gags that never happened, social minority based jokes without a good payoff, whilst wearing a polo shirt, and starting the set with ‘are we well?’ I am booking alternative stand up performers, storytellers, musicians, eccentric acts, prop acts, musical comedians, clowns. Acts who are taking the stand up form and trying to do something new with it.


Award Winning Comedian Jayde Adams

(ME) Jayde Adams – The Host


Multi faceted, operatic diva from the Westcountry

London Cabaret Award Winner, Time Out Nominated

‘Very funny…highly accomplished.’ The Herald Sun, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

‘Jaw-droppingly amazing, Jayde Adams is the rising star of London cabaret. See. Her. Now.’ ThisIsCabaret

Luke Capasso

Luke Capasso

Luke Capasso 

Ohio born and raised comedian, ex military man, plaid shirt wearing, whiskey drinking, blues and jazz, handy man Luke Capasso. (Winner of the London Comedy Store’’s King Gong show, Joker of the Year, Finalist, So You Think You’re Funny New Act of the Year, Finalist)

Rachel Parris

TV presenter Rachel Parris

TV presenter Rachel Parris

http://rachelparris.wordpress.com/ Musical comedy genius and TV presenter of Sky Atlantic’s ’Thronecast’.

“One doubt’s if Britains Got Talent, but Parris has it in spades” The Guardian.

“like a Glee-Club chick gone wrong” – The Stage

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

Richard Todd

 http://www.richardtoddcomedy.com/ Surreal and totally brilliant storyteller.

2nd place runner-up, Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2011, Winner, the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2012.

‘… An inventive comic thinker, with surrealism that creates weird imagery with robust, if unlikely, internal logic.

He delivers with the passion of an insane preacher, and there’s a keen off-the-wall wit throughout…’ Steve Bennet, Chortle

‘… A smart surrealist…’  The Independent

Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown

Alfie Brown

http://www.alfiebrown.com/ Storytelling, 5 Star feather ruffler.

“Brown’s is one of the boldest new voices I’ve encountered . . . mapping a route to a different class of humour.” Brian Logan, The Guardian, 4 stars

“Quite simply the future of British stand-up.” Brian Donaldson, The List, 5 stars

In short…

WHEN: Tuesday 13th May

WHERE: The Green, Clerkenwell EC1R 0DU

WHAT TIME: 7:00pm

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR: Something comfortable at the ribs. You’ll be laughing a lot

WHO SHOULD I BRING: Your folks, your peeps, your beau, your homees. People from work but no kids.

WHAT SHOULD I PAY: On the way out you’ll be asked for money, but you’ll have enjoyed yourself so much it won’t be a chore, it’ll be a pleasure.

WHY SHOULD WE COME: Because you’ll have fun and it’s not often you get see to see entertainment of such calibre and not pay a million squid for it.

WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD TO US: Good jeans I suppose (Levi’s) and good fortune. Some say I was touched by a white witch and she imbued me with the gift of giving.

IS THAT TRUE: Probably not. But come anyway.

Other details:

WEBSITE: www.thepaintegrin.com

THE VENUE: http://www.thegreenec1.co.uk/ - details of how to get there…

TWITTER | @thepaintedgrin

PROMO FILM  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hmepufurP4

FACEBOOK  www.facebook.com/thepaintedgrin 

YOUTUBE |  YouTube.com/paintedgrincomedy

The Painted Grin @ The Green 13.04.14

Here’s a clip of the host, Jayde Adams closing the show at last years Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

Here are some photos from this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Painted Grin's 1st night at Edinburgh Fringe Festival...

Thanks to all the acts from last nights show…

Catch us at The Voodoo Rooms, in The French Quarter from 23:05 – 00:05 3rd – 25th August (excluding 20th) over the month we will be joined by: Trevor Lock, Chastity Butterworth, Tom Rosenthal, Rob Carter, Mr Susie, Miss Annabel Sings, David Mills, Myra Dubois, Matt Rees and loads more.


The Painted Grin at  Edinburgh Fringe 2013

The Painted Grin at Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Each week we will be posting a short film of some highlights of the show. We hope you come and visit. For more information on upcoming shows, please go to http://www.thepaintedgrin.co.uk or find us on Twitter @thepaintedgrin

Music composed by Laurence Owen who is featured in this video. Thank Laurence.



The gig was overrun with hungover musicians, the MC promised an audience member an erection, a songwriter serenaded us all about prostitutes, a comedian attempted to breed with a watermelon, and a Radio 4 sketch group writhed on our floor.

Don’t feel too terrible though, because…




‘In a year that’s seen a dearth of really talented female comics coming through, she bucks the trend in her own brilliant way’ (The Guardian) | ‘This is what the Fringe is all about, finding a packed room above a pub and witnessing a star being born’ (The Skinny) | ‘Fresh , ambitious and outstanding’ (The Scotsman)


A French-Algerian comic fresh from providing tour support for EDDIE IZZARD!


2013 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year WINNER

‘Her timing is spot-on…destined to make a name for herself’ (Chortle)


‘Immediately demonstrated the difference between amateur and pro, grabbing the gig with a slick, confident delivery, hitting every word and pause with skilful timing and emphasis’ (Chortle)


2013 New Act of the Year FINALIST

2010 Funny Women Award FINALIST

‘Solidly amusing…she’s one of the few character acts who can cut it on a predominantly stand-up bill’. (Chortle) | Utterly delightful. And funny. Very funny’ (The List) | ‘Michael McIntyre on a sugar overdose’ (Three Weeks)


2011 Barbican New Act of the Year FINALIST




PLUS! Your wonderful MC for the evening, JAYDE ADAMS!

 Shortlisted one of UK’s Most Influential & Innovative People by Time Out London

‘Barnstorming’ (The Londonist) | ‘Very funny…highly accomplished.’ (The Herald Sun, Melbourne International Comedy Festival) | ‘Show Stealing’  (The Londonist) | ‘Jaw-droppingly amazing, Jayde Adams is the rising star of London cabaret. See. Her. Now.’ (ThisIsCabaret)


DOORS OPEN: 6:30pm SHOW STARTS: 7:30pm

£5 on the door, or advance tickets available from WeGotTickets.com





For your chance to win 2 tickets to next Tuesday’s show (featuring Luisa Omielan and Yacine Belhousse), email answers/guesses to thepaintedgrin@gmail.com.


We hope to see you next Tuesday!

All the best,

Jayde, Oli and Janet



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